DOWNING Street officials have admitted the potential loss of thousands of travel industry jobs in the event of a war with Iraq “isn’t a concern”.

Speaking exclusively to Travel Weekly, one senior civil servant said the Government was paying no attention to the fact more than 120 travel and tourism businesses – including the giant International Leisure Group – collapsed following the 1991 Gulf War.

And he confessed that so far, no efforts had been made to find out just how bad the economic effects on the travel industry would be should a war in Iraq take place.

“At the moment we are concentrating on pursuing a peaceful way out of the situation for Saddam in accordance with United Nations resolutions,” said the official. “It is not the job of Downing Street to make policy decisions based on hearsay.”


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